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Don't Eat That!
Contributor(s): Sheneman, Drew
ISBN: 110199729X     ISBN-13: 9781101997291
Publisher: Viking Childrens Books
    OUR PRICE: $16.20  
Product Type: School And Library
Published: June 2018
Annotation: Gertie is trying to earn a merit badge when she encounters a hungry bear with no idea what he should eat, but helping him is harder than her guidebook makes it seem.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Bears; Fiction.
Food habits; Fiction.
Scouting (Youth activity); Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Bears
- Juvenile Fiction | Nature & The Natural World
- Juvenile Fiction | Cooking & Food
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2017053346
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 9.25" H x 11.00" W x 0.25" (0.90 lbs)
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Contributor Bio(s): Drew Sheneman has never had to hunt for his dinner, unless you count that time he dropped a chicken nugget behind the couch. In addition to writing and illustrating children's books like Don't Eat That! and Nope!, Drew is a nationally-syndicated award-winning cartoonist. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, daughter, and large collection of comic books. To learn more, please visit

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 April #4)

The latest from Sheneman (Nope!) looks and reads like an extended classic Sunday comic. His story has two protagonists: an unflappable girl determined to get a nature merit badge and the hulking brown bear she encounters in the woods. But this is no ordinary bear; even though he's famished, he's incapable of feeding himself. The book's endpapers and title page show that he's a former denizen of the city zoo. After preventing Bear from eating a rock (hence the title) and calmly explaining that Bear can't eat her ("That would be terribly rude," she says, without flinching), the girl takes him on as a project. From there, the ink-and-watercolor drawings portray a kind of My Fair Lady set in the wild. Bear fumbles in his foraging (even a rabbit gets the better of him) and, in a moment of frustration, eats the girl's merit-badge logbook and spits it out with a supercilious "ptui." Still, the girl perseveres, ultimately proving she's a mentor ne plus ultra. Seamlessly blending verbal and visual humor, Sheneman lands every joke—including some truly cringeworthy puns. Ages 3–5. Agent: Paul Rodeen, Rodeen Literary Management. (June)

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